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Belgium: Together or Separate?

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Duration: 1 minute and 54 seconds
Country: Belgium
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: Trenta Minuts - TELEVISIÓ DE CATALUNYA
Views: 69
Posted by: georgekan on Jul 23, 2011

Will Belgium separate? After more than a year with no govenment, the gulf between Dutch speaking Flanders and French speaking Wallonia only seems to be widening.

’The Belgian nation has no future’ states Professor Philippe van Parijs. Not only do the two regions speak different languages and have a different cultural identity but, in most of the country, the Flemish and the Wallons have nothing to do with each other.

In Flanders, calls are growing for greater fiscal automy. For decades, Flanders has been heavily subsiding Wallonia, where unemployment rates are more than double. Many French speakers have moved to Flemish communities, leaving some feeling that Flander’s Dutch identity is under attack.

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